US Open 2012: Venus Williams ousted in 2nd round
No. 23-seeded Fish came back to beat two-time U.S. Open semifinalist Nikolay Davydenko 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1, 6-2, the tournament-record 10th match in which a man erased a two-set deficit and came all the way back to win.
Men should be playing best-of-three-set matches at Grand Slam tournaments, the way women do.
“Why (do) girls play best of three sets and we should play best of five sets and have the same prize money?” Davydenko said, reviving a familiar debate.
“Why are we playing five-set matches? We need to play best of three in Grand Slams. Everybody will support (that idea, even Roger) Federer. For Federer, it’s easy to win in one hour, two sets. No need to run (for) a third set,” Davydenko said.
Of course, for Federer, winning three sets before his opponent does never has been much of a problem, and the 17-time major champion moved into the third round with a routine 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over 83rd-ranked Bjorn Phau of Germany on Thursday night.
“Oh, man. He’s a great man,” Federer said. “I’ve had some great battles with him for a long, long time. Obviously, the Wimbledon finals come to mind, the ones we played together. He’s a great, great competitor and a great champion, really.”
Looking ahead to Friday, Federer also mentioned that he thinks Roddick “truly deserves a great ovation, a great atmosphere, a great crowd. … I’m definitely going to watch it. It’s not one to miss, and I hope it’s not his last.”
“He’s been my biggest role model the last 10 years, playing tennis, watching tennis. He’s been a really great guy, a great leader to us all. Nice and kind. Really generous to the up-and-comers,” Querrey said after beating Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round. “For me, for … the 18-year-olds now, he’s just been an unbelievable champion, a Hall of Famer.”
While few seemed to have an inkling that Roddick would say farewell during these two weeks, 14-time major champion SerenaWilliams, for one, was not taken aback.
“I mean, he told me a while ago — last year — that this would be it,” she said. “We were talking about it. I was just thinking, ‘Change your mind, Andy. Change your mind.’ But I guess he didn’t.”